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Making holiday travel manageable for those with a chronic health issue; University presidents testify on the rise of anti-semitism on college campuses; Tommy Tuberville's blockade on military promotions is mostly over.

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Sen. Tommy Tuberville ends his hold on military promotions, the Senate's leadership is divided on a House Border Bill and college presidents testify about anti-semitism on campus.

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Texas welcomes more visitors near Big Bend but locals worry the water won't last, those dependent on Colorado's Dolores River fear the same but have found common ground solutions, and a new film highlights historical healthcare challenges in rural Appalachia.

Idaho

Volunteers boost the labor capacity of Idaho nonprofits by an estimated 35% each year. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Volunteer day: Recognizing work that keeps ID communities thriving

Today is International Volunteer Day, a celebration of the work people offer to support the causes they care for. Nonprofits across the country rely …

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A decision on whether to provide Endangered Species protections to wolverine has wavered since the 1990s. (Karlos Lomsky/Adobe Stock)
Decades-long effort yields protections for dwindling wolverine population

In a long-awaited decision being celebrated by conservation groups, the wolverine will receive greater protections across the northern Cascades and …

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Of more than 150,000 people evaluated, Idaho found only about 30,000 were eligible for Medicaid after extended protections went away this year. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)
Children lost health coverage in ID's Medicaid unwinding process

Idaho acted quickly to remove people from Medicaid after special COVID-19 protections expired in April, including health coverage for tens of …

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Family caregivers in Idaho provided 193 million hours of unpaid labor in 2021. (Evrymmnt/Adobe Stock)
ID officials recognize critical role of family caregivers

Idaho officials are holding an event in the capitol to recognize family caregivers during National Family Caregiver Month. Lieutenant Governor Scott …

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Abortions have increased in states bordering Idaho since the beginning of the year. (Fitz/Adobe Stock)
Federal judge puts ID abortion travel ban on hold

A federal judge has temporarily blocked an anti-abortion law in Idaho restricting people's ability to travel to other states for the procedure…

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School boards in Idaho have already decided to restrict access to some books, including books by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. (Ezume Images/Adobe Stock)
ID school board elections could determine fate of book restrictions

School board elections in Idaho on Tuesday could impact what students are allowed to read. Although school board elections are often overlooked…

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For many migrant agricultural laborers in Idaho, language is a barrier to mental health services. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)
Advocates seek to expand mental health services among ID's Spanish speakers

Spanish-speaking Idahoans face a lack of mental health resources and advocates in the state want to change it. Kurtis Pugh, mental health manager …

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In Idaho, voters don't need an excuse to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. (The Toidi/Adobe Stock)
Faster postal service speed improves voter turnout, research finds

When the postal service works better, people are more likely to vote - according to new research. The study published in the Election Law Journal …

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A mining exploration project has been proposed near Grimes Creek, a tributary of the Boise River. (Autumn/Adobe Stock)
Mine exploration project near Boise River headwaters raises alarm

Conservation groups are concerned about a mining exploration project proposed near the headwaters of the Boise River. The Idaho Copper Corporation …

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More than one in five Idahoans receive Social Security benefits. (chuck/Adobe Stock)
Advocates urge Congress to fix Social Security before cuts necessary

Social Security is a critical benefit for older Americans, which is why advocates want Congress to start working now to ensure the program is …

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Students get money tips during Financial Planning Month

October is Financial Planning Month, and an engaging event is helping high schoolers think about their money-managing futures. More than 90 Bite of …

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Child advocates say Halloween doesn't have to be a scary time. It can foster healthy social engagement. (Christin Lola/Adobe Stock)
Halloween offers chance for families to connect with community

Halloween is coming up and for kids and parents, the holiday provides an opportunity to connect with their community. Kim Hemmert, grants manager …

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